IBM eServer xSeries 366 review

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Expansion options are unaffected, as you’re still left with six 266MHz PCI-X hot-plug slots to play with. There’s more fault tolerance, as the pair of Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet ports can be joined together in a failover team and the system was also supplied with both 1,300W hot-swap power supplies. These can be lifted vertically from the chassis, so no rear clearance is required when replacing a failed unit. Cooling gets plenty of attention, with PCI slot section looked after by a bank of four hot-swap fans, while four more are positioned in front of the memory modules.

IBM eServer xSeries 366 review

The xSeries 366 really has set the bar for the next generation of multiprocessor rack-mount servers. It’s clearly capable of delivering a high processing density, which will get even greater when Intel releases its dual-core Xeons at the end of 2005. Expansion potential and fault tolerance are excellent, it’s equipped with the latest RAID-protected SAS storage and backs it all up with excellent remote management and monitoring features.

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